These Quotes Will Remind You What the Fourth of July Is All About (2024)

These inspirational sayings and patriotic messages will help you reflect on the meaning of Independence Day.

By Cameron Jenkins and Yaa Bofah

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As households around the country prepare to celebrate Independence Day, you may take the time to throw a huge BBQ with festive drinks and desserts, dress up in red, white and blue or even seek out the best spots to watch fireworks. In the midst of tons of activities and the busyness of the holiday, Americans should also take the time to reflect on the importance of the day with inspirational 4th of July quotes.

Thoughtful, deep and enthusiastic words about freedom and liberty from the Founding Fathers and American heroes, as well as messages inspired by patriotic songs, will be just the thing to help kick off any party or round out a night of celebration. Whether you’re going for something patriotic and short to send to your family and friends or want a patriotic caption to share on Instagram, you’ll be thankful that you gave this list a browse.

And after you make your selections, be sure to check out a few great American films to further celebrate America's birthday.

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William Faulkner

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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

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Camila Alves

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People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That's not our America. Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It's about we the people!

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Thomas Paine

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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like me, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.

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Ronald Reagan

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If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

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Natsuki Takaya

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We shall go wild with fireworks... and they will plunge into the sky and shatter the darkness.

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Moshe Dayan

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Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.

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Thurgood Marshall

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Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.

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Lech Walesa

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We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid because freedom is priceless.

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John F. Kennedy

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Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.

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Herbert Hoover

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Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.

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Hazel Scott

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Who ever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can't go hand in hand, I don't want to go.

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Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.

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George Orwell

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If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

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Daniel Webster

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May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!

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Camila Alves

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The Fourth of July should be celebrated with big hearts.

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Bob Poser

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The land of opportunity. You just need the right people and the right work ethic and you can accomplish anything.

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Banana Yoshimoto

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What was important wasn't the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.

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Aurora Raigne

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America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.

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Aung San Suu Kyi

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Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up.

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Cameron Jenkins

Staff Writer

Cameron (she/her) is a staff writer for Good Housekeeping, where she covers everything from holidays to food. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she received a B.A. in magazine journalism. In her spare-time she can be found scrolling TikTok for the latest cleaning hacks and restaurant openings, binge-watching seasons of Project Runway or online shopping.

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Yaa Bofah

Editorial Fellow

Yaa Bofah is an editorial fellow at Good Housekeeping. She is a freelance illustrator and created original cover art for The Fashion Bomb Daily’s first e-book series. She enjoys supporting philanthropic endeavors and being an advocate for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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